Deputy: Man cuts down pole, shocked

MUSKOGEE, Okla. - Muskogee county officials say a man was shocked after he cut down a utility pole in an attempt to steal copper around 5:30 a.m. Saturday south of Warner.

Deputy Bert Poole said a man who lived in the area noticed his electrical service go out.  He heard screaming outside and went with his wife to investigate.

The couple found Russell Barlow, 40, lying next to a utility pole that had been cut down, Poole said.

They loaded him into a truck and took him to a Porum police officer's home, where they called 911.  Barlow was transported by helicopter to a Tulsa hospital.

Authorities say the current entered Barlow through the hands and exited through his feet.

There is no word on his condition at this time.

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